"Scandia's Little Sweden" Scandia by goodfish

Scandia Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 17 photos

The forest, lakes and gentle hills of what is now Washington County became home to the first settlement of Swedish immigrants to Minnesota in 1850. The tiny town of Scandia - near where the first logs were felled for rough cabins and a church - preserves the heritage of the many who braved the sea over the next half century to escape overpopulation, grinding poverty and famine for the prospect of a better life.

The Gammelgården (old farm) Museum illustrates what life was like for these early families. Collections of buildings, crafts, housewares, clothing and tools tell the story of a people who brought their skills, customs and determination to a new world and contributed a rich and colorful piece of Minnesota's history. This is a nice stop for visitors of Scandinavian heritage or families traveling to-or-from the North Shore. They'll be happy to see you: välkommen!

Side note: My husband's Great Grandfather settled near here in 1853, and some of the family still live in this area. My mom-in-law was a supporting member of the museum and spent many happy volunteer hours planting and tending the flowers.

(OK, so her arthritic knees were not so happy about that but SHE had a good time!)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting museum, nice picnic and playgrounds
  • Cons:No hotels and few other attractions
  • Last visit to Scandia: May 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 11, 2012
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